Bishop Barron on St. Paul’s Masterclass in Evangelization
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 29, 2019 .
In this new video I reflect on St. Paul’s address on the Areopagus in Athens, found in the seventeenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. It’s a sort of masterclass in the evangelization of the culture, and anyone engaged today in that essential task should read it with care.
Bishop Barron on George Will’s “The Conservative Sensibility”
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 22, 2019 .
George Will gets some important things right in his new book, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong.
Bishop Barron on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 8, 2019 .
I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. At the heart of a lot of them is a moral vision; the characters are compelled, under extreme duress, to make a moral choice. His latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” struck me the same way. It’s a rather extraordinary…
Bishop Barron on Catholics Misunderstanding the Eucharist
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 6, 2019 .
It’s hard to describe how angry I feel after reading the latest Pew Forum study, which reveals only one-third of Catholics agree with the Church that the Eucharist is actually the Body and Blood of Christ. This should be a wake-up call to all of us in the Church—priests, bishops, religious, laypeople, catechists, parents, everyone—that we need to pick up our game when it comes to communicating even the most basic doctrines of the Church.
Bishop Barron on “John Wick: Chapter 3”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 20, 2019 .
As I watched the third installment of the “John Wick” franchise, I thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and his metaphor for life and death.
Bishop Barron on Pope Francis, Tradition, and John Henry Newman
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 11, 2019 .
A recent informal statement from Pope Francis about tradition not being a “return to the ashes” during an in-flight press conference has gotten some attention. There are two poles to avoid here: a kind of liberalism that stresses a mindless openness to the culture, and a kind of “conservatism of the museum” that desperately clings to the past. The one that helps us to see through the dilemma is someone that will be canonized by Pope Francis in a few months—namely, John Henry Newman.
Bishop Barron on the Persecution of Christians
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 30, 2019 .
There were more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous nineteen centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible hundred- year period. One of the saddest features of the still-young twenty-first century is that this awful trend is undoubtedly continuing. By far the most persecuted religious group in the world today are Christians, and they are dying by the thousands especially in the Middle East and in Africa.
Bishop Barron on California’s Attack on Confession
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 22, 2019 .
SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other professionals, including physicians, social workers, teachers, and therapists) are mandated reporters—which is to say, they are legally required to report any case of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. However, California clergy who come by this knowledge in the context of “penitential communication” are currently exempted from the requirement. SB 360 would remove the exemption.
Bishop Barron on Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 31, 2019 .
Over the Christmas break, I spent a fair amount of time binge-watching Jordan Peterson videos. Of the many Peterson videos, the ones that intrigued me the most featured his dialogues with Sam Harris, one of the “four horsemen of the new atheism” and perhaps the most strident critic of religion on the scene today.
Bishop Barron on “Bird Box”
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 24, 2019 .
The film “Bird Box,” based on a British novel of the same name, started streaming on Netflix around Christmas time. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, it is a taut thriller that manages, perhaps despite itself, to shed considerable light on the parlous spiritual condition of contemporary culture.